The PHHS orchestra program encompasses all disciplines of classical stringed instruments, including violin, viola, cello, and double bass.

Orchestra 1,2 (9th grade) is a course offered during the regular school day. The course provides students opportunities to participate in musical experiences that develop skills in orchestral playing. Students will learn and play quality, challenging orchestral literature in an ensemble setting with technical skill and musical knowledge.

Orchestra 3,4 is a course offered during the regular school day. This course continues instruction begun in Orchestra 1,2 and is designed to give students an opportunity to develop performance skills and improve their string technique. Students in this course will play a challenging range of orchestral literature representing a variety of cultures and time periods. They will be able to sight-read moderately difficult music with accuracy and compose music in distinct styles. The opportunity to work with wind and percussion players as part of a full orchestra is also possible.

Upcoming Dates

  • December 12 &13 - Winter Concert rehearsals (Orchestra, Band, and Choir)(Time TBD)

  • December 14, 6 pm - Winter Concert (Orchestra, Band, and Choir)

Concert Attire

Concert Dress Guidelines.docx

Summer String Camp

Will NOT be taking place in 2022, but we hope to return in the summer of 2023.

Who can attend?

  • Students who, as of Fall 2022, are in the 5th-9th grade and who play violin, viola, cello, or string bass.

What will the camp consist of?

  • Group lessons with a guest conductor and experienced College musicians.

  • Side-by-side rehearsal with PHHS String Orchestra musicians.

  • Instruction on string technique and ensemble performance experience.

  • Performance in the Patrick Henry Amphitheater following the final day of camp.

​*Activities have been modified to follow COVID-19 guidelines*

What is the cost of attending?

  • FREE! Your optional contributions are used only to pay for expenses associated with providing the camp experience (sheet music, facilities, etc.)

What does my child need to bring?

  • Instrument and accessories (rock stop, rosin, extra strings, etc.)

  • ​Pencil

  • ​LABELED Reusable water bottle (Water for refilling will be provided)​

  • Comfortable shoes​

  • Mask (will be provided if forgotten)​

  • If you do not have your own instrument, there are limited quantities available for borrowing for the duration of the camp. Please indicate in your registration form if you wish to borrow a school instrument.

Downloadable Permission Slip:


Past Events

'22-'23 Fall Orchestra Concert

Congratulations to our Orchestra students for a fantastic fall concert last night!